I’m back to talking about entertainment stuff, taking a break from finishing off my ten memorable days to give you a list of my top 10 favorite TV shows of all-time. You’ve gotten the movies now let’s go to the small screen and find out Kevin’s favorites:
10. Cheers (1982 – 1993)
Favorite Character: Clifford “Cliff” Clavin, Jr.
Awww, Cheers, were everybody knew your name and everybody was glad you came. It was a funny show with unforgettable characters. Woody the bartender, Sam the owner, and good ol’ Cliff and Norm. When Josh and I were inBoston, a couple years back, we went to Cheers and had lunch. And when Ian Dowrey and I would chill at then end of some low key bar and sit and watch everyone come in and out, we’d pretend we were Cliff and Norm. Cheers was definitely one of the classic TV shows of all-time.
9. Saturday Night Live (1975 – Present)
Favorite Character: Land Shark (Chevy Chase)
If I made this list in 1990 it’d probably have been No. 1. Of course, most of my shows weren’t on the air then, but that’s beside the point. The point is that I loved this show in the early 90’s. While living in Hawaii my brothers and the neighborhood kids would write and film our own SNL. Then on Saturday night’s we would all watch the show together. InHawaiithe show started at 10:30pm so it wasn’t too late, but when I moved toWashingtonthe show was on later and the cast that I grew to love (Phil Hartman, Dana Carvey, Mike Myers) was gone. But for those couple of years in the early 90’s this show was my favorite. Oh and the early years with Bill Murray, Dan Akroyd and Gilda Radner are great too!
8. Dukes of Hazzard (1979 – 1985)
Favorite Character: the General Lee
Man, that car was cool! As a young kid that’s all you noticed when you watched that show. It wasn’t until a few years ago when my buddy Ian and I were watching reruns that we realized why our dads were drawn to it. Man, Daisy Duke’s shorts were tiny! And boy, oh boy, was that show cheesy. Rosco and Boss Hogg could never catch those Duke boys! But, man was that car cool!
7. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987 – 1996)
Favorite Character: Leonardo
My brothers and I watched Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles religiously while growing up. Every morning we’d get up and watch this show before heading off to school. It was addicting (not in the way Saved by theBellwas addicting). We had all the toys, collected the comic books, and even watched the lame movies. We also pretended we were the turtles. I was Leonardo, the blue one, the leader. Erik was Michaelangelo, the orange one, the cool one, and Randy was Raphael, the red one, the smart-aleck. We were turtles in a half shell, ninja-power!
6. Desperate Housewives (2004 – Present)
Favorite Character: None
This show actually debuted on my birthday in 2004. Cool! However, Lis and I didn’t watch it and didn’t watch the entire first season. It wasn’t until we started watching the second season that we got hooked. The storytelling was great, the characters are all evil (thus, not being able to pick a favorite, though I’d either go with Gabi Solis, because she’s H-O-T, or Bree Van De Kamp, because her character is so interesting), and the show constantly leaves you in suspense. I know it’s basically a soap opera at night but it’s addicting and we love it. We had to go back and watch the entire Season 1, which is perhaps the best season of television I have ever seen. Like a good book that you can’t put down, we couldn’t stop watching episode-after-episode.
5. The Office (2005 – Present)
Favorite Character: Jim Halpert
It’s just in its third season but this show has quickly skyrocketed to one of my favorites. A mockumentary of the daily interactions at a paper supply plant, The Office is absolutely hilarious with strange and interesting characters. Sure the manager, Michael, can get really annoying and/or obnoxious but that’s what makes him so amusing. It takes time to get used to the characters (it took me til the beginning of the second season before I was hooked) but once you do you’ll be laughing like crazy.
4. The Simpsons (1989 – Present)
Favorite Character: Homer Simpson
When you have a cast that consists of cartoon characters you can do whatever the heck you want with them, which makes it a lot easier to have jokes that you can’t do with humans. The Simpons have some of the best writing in the history of television. They poke fun at everything and everybody, including the country of Brazil (which ended up suing the Simpons because they hurt their tourism). They’ve been on the air since 1989 and still remain one of the best shows, and they’ve done that by consistently keeping the same voices for the characters. What makes the Simpsons one of my all-time favorites is that I’m able to watch reruns and laugh like I’m watching it for the first time.
3. Seinfeld (1989 – 1998)
Favorite Character: None
That’s right I don’t have a favorite Seinfeld character. Elaine, George, Jerry and Kramer are all evenly odd in their unique way. Though I came close to picking George as my favorite because my friend Ian Barnes is the real-life George Costanza. Anyway, like the Simpsons, I can continue to watch the reruns and laugh every time I see them. The shows were always interesting because they would start with different stories between the characters and at the end it all came together, in a way that was so weird I can’t even explain it. Though the last episode was disappointing the hundred episodes before it were brilliant and I’m thankful that they were finally released on DVD.
2. Scrubs (2001 – Present)
Favorite Character: Dr. John “J.D.” Dorian
A hospital show unlike the other hospital shows. I love this show because it’s odd (JD constantly bounces in and out of daydreams), the characters are all funny, and the writing is brilliant. They do a great job of mixing real-life situations (Dr. Cox’s ex-brother-in-law got leukemia) with comedy and at the end of every show JD always has a message that we can all relate to. It’s sad that this show hasn’t fared so well in the ratings because it really is one of the best comedy’s on television.
1. Friends (1994 – 2004)
Favorite Character: Ross Geller
I watched this show since midway through the first season. I’ve watched them grow up and grow older. I’ve watched them go through relationships and relationship problems. I watched this show so much that sadly it felt like they were my friends. For 10 years my Thursday night’s were booked. The show gave me something on television I could relate to, as I mentioned a couple entries ago, my friends and I were Chandler, Ross and Joey. I got sad when Ross and Rachel seperated and now everytime I heard U2’s “With or Without You” I think of Ross and Rachel. My favorite seasons of television were the first three seasons of Friends. I loved watching Ross struggle with telling Rachel he liked her and wanted to go out with her, then watching them get together, and finally watching them separate. And let’s not forget about the other four characters. Chandler was witty and hilarious those first few seasons (until he got together with Monica and his jokes became cheesy), and Monica was great in the early years. Then through middle of the show, Joey and Phoebe picked them up, as their dumb humor carried the show. The show played a big part in my life, and for awhile was part of who I was. It’s been awhile since I’ve watched my DVDs of Friends, but I think its time to break them out again and reminisce with my old friends.
Honorable Mention: Saved by the Bell, The Wonder Years, Sportscenter, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, the Late Show with David Letterman.